Yesenia Barragan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows and History Department. She is a historian of race, slavery, and emancipation in modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her current book project, Frontiers of Freedom: Slavery and Emancipation on the Colombian Pacific, is the first English-language study of the gradual abolition of slavery in early nineteenth-century Colombia. She is a blogger for Black Perspectives, the leading online platform for public scholarship on global black thought, thought, and culture established by the African American Intellectual History Society. Her article, “Gendering Mastery: Female Slaveholders in the Colombian Pacific Lowlands,” is forthcoming in Slavery & Abolition.
Robert Baum is the author of Shrines of the Slave Trade: Diola Religion and Society in Pro-colonial Senegambia (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999). It was the winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Prize for the best first book in the History of Religions. He is the author of four articles on the issue of the Diola and the slave trade, some focusing on oral traditions and memory, some focusing on slavery in acephalous societies, and others on the links between religion and the slave trade among the Diola. His new book on the Diola women’s prophetic movements contains a chapter on Religion and the Atlantic slave trade.
Robert Bonner is a U.S. 19th century historian, whose scholarship focuses on the sectional politics of slavery, before, during, and after the American Civil War. His published work situates the cultural and political struggles over slavery and emancipation within the broader Atlantic world. Currently he is finishing a biography of Alexander Stephens and in the midst of research on the maritime dimensions of Confederate diplomacy.
Rashauna Johnson is associate professor of history, where she teaches courses on slavery, the US and the world, and the African diaspora. Her first book, Slavery’s Metropolis: Unfree Labor in New Orleans during the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Williams Prize for the best book in Louisiana history and was a finalist for the 2016 Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians Book Prize.
Paul Musselwhite is a historian of early America with a particular focus on the political economy of early slave societies in North America and the Caribbean. His first book, “Cities in the Air”: The Urban Catalyst in the Making of Chesapeake Plantation Society is a study of the repeated efforts on the part of colonists and English officials to establish towns and cities in the Chesapeake colonies throughout the seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. He has also organized a conference and an edited volume commemorating the 400th anniversary of the events of 1619 in Virginia, which marked the arrival of the first Africans to British North America and also the gathering of the first legislative assembly in British America.
Alex Sotelo Eastman is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College where he teaches and researches the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published on the black press, abolitionism, Cuba’s wars of independence and travel narratives in journals such as the Afro-Hispanic Review, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Siglo Diecinueve and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. He is currently preparing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Binding Freedom: Cuba’s Black Press in the Era of Colorblindness. He is in the early stages of a second book about the construction of the public memory and legacies of slavery as seen through memorials, monuments, museums and other forms of public memorialization in the Caribbean. The project examines how different actors and entities, across the Global North and South, have battled for public representation by linking the slave past to myriad contemporary issues and interests.
Roberta Stewart is a Roman Historian and broadly trained Classicist. She has published on Roman government, religion and politics, as well as Latin lexicography and Roman coins. Her first book on Roman slavery (Plautus and Roman Slavery, 2012) analyzed publicly performed drama in order to consider the development of the Roman slave society as a historical phenomenon and the cultural thinking that naturalized it, the conception of the slave as “chattel” and “other than human,” the violence enacted individually and corporately by the master and by the slave society, the problem of freedom for both slaves and society. Her current book project (Slavery and the Roman Revolution) focuses on the role of slavery in the dissolution of the Roman Republic and the transition from oligarchic to imperial government in the first century BCE.